The saddest story of the Bruins’ 2010-11 Stanley Cup championship season just keeps getting sadder.
When asked during a pre-free agency conference call Thursday about whether he expects to have more definitive news on Marc Savard’s status over the course of the offseason, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli’s voice sounded solemn as he explained that things will probably remain in a holding pattern with the concussed star.
“I would think at some point I will. I would say it would be status quo based on the things that I know right now,” said Chiarelli. “I would say, in all likelihood it would be status quo but things happen and we make contingency plans too.”
That Savard wasn’t healthy enough to start training camp last fall came as a surprise to all, and then that he was so severely affected by clean hit from Colorado’s Matt Hunwick in January added to what’s become more of human tragedy than a tale of an injured hockey player.
Even when he was playing, Savard never quite looked like his old self. That he’s still so far off from beginning any type of activity doesn’t bode well. Sources around Savard say that the center isn’t just affected by his own injury, but has a hard time watching any type of questionable contact in a hockey game.
Hopefully the Bruins’ Cup championship brought Savard some true joy during a rough patch in his life. The Bruins’ intention to get his name on the Cup should also serve as some consolation.
Regular season: 25 GP, 2-8-10, minus-7
Contract status: Signed through 2016-17 at a cap hit of $4,007,143
Best regular-season moment: Other than his first appearance of the season Dec. 2 against Tampa Bay, Savard’s most impressive moment came in Toronto Jan. 3. His goal with 4:30 left in the second period broke a 1-1 tie and stood up as the game-winner against the Maple Leafs. He was also plus-2 that night.
Best playoff moment: That Savard was able to make his way to Boston and take in a couple postseason games from a luxury suite with his kids was a positive sign for his off-ice life. Plus his sons made great protectors of the spoked ‘B’ logo on the floor in the Bruins’ dressing room.
Worst moment: Savard barely shook off any rust as he went along and Jan. 6 against Minnesota he hit rock bottom. His giveaway led to Cal Clutterbuck’s go-ahead goal for the Wild, and head coach Claude Julien had seen enough. Julien benched Savard for 10 minutes of the third period — the second time in a week Savard saw his third-period minutes cut due to ineffectiveness.
Regular-season grade: None
Playoff grade: None
Carnac says … love of the game could cause Savard to wait maybe as long as another calendar year before calling it quits, but the odds of him ever playing in the NHL again are pretty slim.